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Professor Nicholas Bala

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I am currently working on several projects in the Family and Children's law field on the role of the justice system and the government in the lives of families and children; a number of these projects have interdisciplinary aspects. I continue to do work related to child witnesses with psychologists, as well as with mental health experts on issues of alienation in parental separation cases. I am also undertaking a project with professors in psychology and social work on judicial interviews of children and the effect of involvement in the family justice system. I am also involved with the National Judicial Institute in judicial education programs dealing with high conflict family cases, self-represented family litigants, young offenders and child witnesses. My work on the constitutionality of Canada's polygamy law was cited by the British Columbia Supreme Court in its 2011 decision on this issue.

A number of my recent projects have international or comparative aspects, and I have done work with justice system professionals and scholars in a number of countries, including the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.

I also continue to do work in Contract Law, and I am the co-editor of casebook in this field, which is used at a number of Canadian law schools, including Queen's.